Phantasmagoria

Made by Sierra, released in 1995!

Chapter Seven



Current Zar note: I did this LP in 2005! Before this kind of thing was even known as an LP, haha. I've left the writeup mostly the same since then. Memories...




IT'S TIME TO END THIS.

Okay, let's go.

WHAT

AGHJFADJFIAFJAFHAHFHAHFAUHFUJGJAJTUA

OKAY, NOW LET'S GO.

It's only 3:30? Huh, I guess it's only night in chapter 5. That's bizarre. I thought this chapter for sure took place at night. eh.

Oh my god, is that a suitcase? IT IS. IT IS. MY GOD, ADRIENNE IS FINALLY GETTING OUT OF THE HOUSE. IT'S A MIRACLE.

One of the scenes that Alex remembers and I don't, he said that Don puts on clown makeup while talking to himself. Not really, it turns out. Don mostly just smears makeup on himself randomly while giggling.

You know, I was intimidated by Don for a while. Then he started with that giggling thing, and I lost all respect for him.

HERE ARE THREE CLIPS OF IT.

HURRAY RUN FOR YOUR LIFE

Adrienne spots something. It's that incredibly ugly thing that perhaps you've seen in older screenshots that I could never click, even tho I wanted to. That thing drove me crazy cause it looked SO MUCH like somethin you could use or look at and yet, it defied me.

It is a picture!

Sad piano music played while she stared at this.

Adrienne nearly breaks through her stoic shell to cry.

"Oh! My skin was so smooth back then."

As all horror movie protagonists, their happy life was DOOMED FROM THE START

Like I said, randomely smearing makeup on.

While I was sortin through screenshots, it was at this point I realized "Hey, wait a minute! Don is wearing Carno's ring!"

Thus explaining who that ring belonged to and what happened to it. Hurray! One mystery solved.

For those curious, i DID check the cigarettes again later, and there were still two left. I guess Don only had one or something.

Adrienne: ::wibble::

Adrienne actually does kind of sorta cry. She showed more emotion over her computer tho.

Blaaaaaaaar

Adrienne: OH WHY DID OUR CAR BREAK DOWN IF ONLY WE WERE AMONG FRIENDS OR SANE PEOPLE

At this point Adrienne put the picture down and was like "No. No, I have to do something." and stood up. NO ADRIENNE NO. GET OUT OF THE HOUSE. GET OUT OF THE HOUSE NOW.

Saving, apparently this chapter is longer than 6, but shorter than 5. I'm assuming that since apparently a good chunk of 7 is actually on disk 6, that is why chapter 6 was so short.

The TV STILL DOES NOTHING! Man what a red herring.

Let's see our finished masterpiece!

Adrienne is horrified by the painting.

I'm not sure why, it doesn't look too different from chap6. Except that maybe someone threw up on it or something. I guess that's it.

Adrienne: Oh NOW it's a demon. OH NO.

Hey, nursery! Hey, wait a minute.

I tried to pick up that glass shard but it wouldn't let me for some reason. Bizarre. Later on it turns out you can have either the glass shard or the cameo. Not both. Also that I coulda traded the cameo in for a crucifix at the antique store, which would be weird cause I swear I tried to do that. Oh well, whatever.

Hey, the dark room's open! WHY NOT LET'S GIVE IT A CLICK

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At least with this version of dosbox this isn't TOO much of a hassle.

"I can see the same thing only it's really red!"

I can't make out what's on the walls, but don't worry.

"Someone put cherry Kool-aid in my saline bottle!"

There we go. you know, I still couldn't tell what those pictures were until it zoomed in on them. THANK YOU THANK YOU.

Snerk.

Adrienne: Eew.

Adrienne: oh my god what is this

OOOOOOOOOOOOH.

OH BOY.

Adrienne freaks out, understandably.

Don: ::direct quote:: A woman's body is a wonderful thing...but HERHEADISUSELESSHEEEHEEHEEHEEHEEHEEHEEHEEHEE

I burst out laughing when he said this. I dare you to watch the video and not do the same.

Don: TEEHEEHEEHEEHEEHEE

You know, I take consolation in the fact that I think Don's actor had a lot of fun doing this, cause he certainly seems to get a kick out of all of his lines now.

Hey, there's the book on the table!

Adrienne and Don kind of sissy-fight.

Gimme a kiss honey mwah mwah

YOU WERE WONDERING WHY I SAID THE DRAIN CLEANER WAS IMPORTANT WEREN'T YOU

WEREN'T YOU

I TOLD YOU TO PAY ATTENTION

Sulfuric acid IN YOUR FACE

Don makes this extremly funny scream of pain and I immediately grab the book, planning to book it out of there something fierce.

link to video since it's NOT EMBEDDING PROPERLY

This did not exactly work out, as you can see.

Why hello Throne of Terror.

Don is cracking up during this entire sequence and generally being a total nutball. He's giggling and making fun of Adrienne the entire time, which totally kills any dramatic impact this scene had. Adrienne's all like "I love you Don please don't kill me" and Don mocks her in this high voice like "Oh I love you don! HEEHEEHEEHEEHEE" and it's very silly even tho it shouldn't be.

I had a video here but it got deleted!! :O TOO GRAPHIC FOR YOUTUBE at least i think, i can't remember, maybe it was this second chase scene video? I'll put it here just in case anyway.

There are LOTS of ways to die in the Throne of Terror. You can push at Don, do nothing, or attack Don with various weapons. Here I attempt to push him. I didn't do all the deaths, but you can just check them out in the movies. They all end the same way.

THIS ONE GOT DELETED TOO :O I DUNNO WHAT IT WAS, MAYBE IT WAS THIS ONE? UH HERE YOU GO

At the end of this one I try to push him.

Adrienne: Stop it! ::pushes at him kind of::

Don: ::bats her hands away:: STOP IT! <-- in an even more girly and petulant tone

If I recall correctly I THINK Don slaps her a few times. Or maybe that was a different death. IN ONE OF THEM HE SLAPS HER that's all I can remember.

Haha I can't believe I managed to get this split-second before the blade comes down.

KABOOM

This is not a bad special effect, except they managed to choose a very anti-climactic kind of "squish" noise for this, which totally doesn't really fit the intense head-exploding action here. Haha, oh Sierra.

But yeah, this is how all the death sequences in the Throne of Terror end. Just watch to the end of one of the chase sequence youtube vids and you'll see it.

WOOPS.

True to that thing, I'm pretty sure you can't save during the chase scene. Chapter 7 is laid out in a very strange way which I'll get into later. At any rate, choosing to try again will usually back you up to where you made your bad decision and give you another chance, if there is one. In some cases, there isn't. HURRAY SIERRA. More on that later. I saw this message a lot.

So back in the darkroom. I decide to take this opportunity to RUN

RUN

All the camera angles are all wonky and it's playing this very dramatic music. I'll include a midi of it here. But anyway. From my vague memories of the game from so long ago, I know what I need to be able to get out of the Throne of Terror. This memory completely eclipsed everything else I needed (you know, the whole stone of hammurabi/holy item/book thing) so my brain immediately defaulted to GET TO THE THEATER DRESSING ROOM AS FAST AS POSSIBLE

Haha I told you those secret passages would be important.

While making my way down this elevator shaft thing, she started going back up. At first I blamed Adrienne being a moron, but then she looked up and yelped.

Don! As it turns out, if you linger in any screen for more than 10 seconds Don will get you, and it's to the Throne of Terror for you. He'll occasionally harrass you as so tho. Here, he kept giggling and in general being ridiculous.

"Hey Adrienne! Why don't you come and join the party? HEEHEEHEHEHEHEHEHEE COME ON IT'LL BE FUN"

Adrienne: Oh no not a party

I decide to jump off. Adrienne does so with all the speed of something not very fast at all. YOU'RE IN A BIT OF A HURRY ADRIENNE LET'S PICK UP THE PACE.

That's better.

Oh yeah, this is the corridor I never screenshotted before. That path to the north leads to the hole.

TO THE THEATER!

Buh?

Adrienne: HARRIET OMG DON'S CRAZY AAA

Don: ::in maybe a bizarre attempt at Harriet's accent:: I don't feel like cooking dinner LET'S ORDER PIZZA! <--direct quote

Don: ::licks his fingers:: I DON'T THINK I LIKE THIS SAUCE THOUGH HEEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE

I had to watch this a few times before I could actually make out that line. Thanks Don.

How on earth did you beat me down here, Don?

Well, there goes Harriet. Haha she must have been wearing her horrible red hat when she went.

NO MATTER. TO THE DRESSING ROOM!

AHA YES it's just where I remembered it.

What do we have in the pocket here...

Haha IT'S THE SNOWMAN! You all remember the snowman right? RIGHT? I TOLD YOU IT WAS IMPORTANT.

Don: HI HONEY

Welp, back here again.

Have you guessed what the snowman is for?

Adrienne tearfully holds the snowman out.

"Do you remember this Don? Do you remember giving this to me? Please Don don't kill me, remember this? I love you, Don!"

Don takes the snowman and, for a few seconds, his old self stops the crazy possessing him and he considers what he's doing.

Adrienne: Please Don don't kill me sob sob

Don: NAAAAH.

Darn it. Let's try this again.

Why hello lever.

Woosh!

Don: ARGH ::dies::

Adrienne: DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON

Adrienne seriously shows the most emotion in this chair.

After getting herself out of the chair, she runs to Don's side and sobs over his dead body.

This wouldn't have happened if you had just left that box alone, Adrienne.

Adrienne: Noooooo

At this point the screen starts shaking. Of course it couldn't be that simple!

Adrienne is back under control!

I think that's a sandbag that fell there, but I dunno. I think it is.

Adrienne: Huh.

It's our old friend the green smoke! I'm assuming it's less than pleased with Adrienne for killing its most recent host.

Zooooom

Buh?

BUH?

Oh there we go.

There is nothing that shocks this woman.

Hey woah it's a hydralisk from Starcraft! Haha.

ZERGRUSH

I decide that this is a good time to try and go get that book again, so I decide to make for the theater doors.

Adrienne flails against them uselessly. Uhoh.

WHERE ARE THE DOORKNOBS

Demon: PEEKABOO

I was actually rather surprised by how this death was done.

It literally pulls her face in half. Everytime you screw up with the demon sequence, it pulls her face in half. Tho sometimes there are random aftershots of her misshapen head falling to one side. you'll see what I mean in the various death videos. I didn't screencap them all, but you can just watch the ones I didn't do. They're all just slightly different. There's a bit more variety to these deaths than the Throne of Terror ones.

WEll duh. This one booted me back to the dressing room before I grabbed the snowman.

Just for the heck of it, I decided to screw around and hide in the closet.

Don: OH ADRIEEEEEENE

Don was being patently ridiculous through this whole scene. Like he fluffed his hair in the mirror and was like "OH MY HAIR. WHAT WILL I DO WITH IT. WILL YOU HELP ME FIX IT ADRIENNE. HEEHEEHEEHEEHEE" or pounding on the closet door and going "ADRIENNE WHERE ARE YOU WHERE ON EARTH COULD YOU BEEEEE" and in general swaggering around being a goofball. It seriously cracked me up. It turns out that you can actually whack him with the poker here and run past him, which I did not know at this point. So he just dragged me out again and it was back to the chair.

Here, that's where the lever you pull is.

SO deciding not to be an idiot this time, let's hit the secret passage!

Looks like the elevators out of commission. Which only leaves...

The old place with a hole.

Well frick. Time to go for it!

Darn.

OKAY LET'S TRY THIS AGAIN.

Aha, there's a pipe hanging above the hole! That must be it.

Not the sturdiest looking pipe but okay.

WheeahdhaWOAHOAH

Woop.

Adrienne struggles on!

And amazingly enough, makes it across.

Down the stairs

Adrienne just looks weird through this whole sequence. Weirder than usual.

In particular during these shots.

It's a SLUGMONSTER

How many times have you seen this kind of scenario in horror movies? Anyone?

Choochoooo

So yeah Adrienne gets inside okay. BAR THE DOOR IMMEDIATELY.

Demon: NOOO NOT A DOOR

Adrienne looks a little alarmed, but continues on.

Huh, this is new. Also giving me Eternal Darkness flashbacks.

Adrienne takes her sweet time to go down those steps. At this point I had no idea what to do and the monster was banging on the door. So I decide to see what the red skull has to say. The red skull is the Hintmaster, who gives you vague pokes in the right direction if your really stuck.

"Quickly put the book on the altar" says the hintmaster.

FRICK.

So assuming that if I start over again, I'll loop right back to the theater and the demon, I have no time or way to get the book again. I hafta start the chapter over. Frigging A. This is so Sierra. I knew that they'd hafta pull the "DO IT RIGHT BEFOREHAND OR WE'LL SCREW YOU OVER AN HOUR LATER" things. Darn it. DARN IT.

Hey, there's a new option! It basically just shows you the choices that you made in chapter 7 without any way to change them. Well that's useless.

wtf where's my game.

It turns out that once you start disk 7, there's no going back. you can't save and then after that, your game gets moved into the watch movie thing. You really CAN only try it once. Darn it.

So I quit and reentered. My game was back in the normal continue game category, but it would keep locking up when I tried to load it. Darn it. Screw that.

Well, what can you do.

Grabbed the shard of glass here! Another thing you can attack Don with.

Hey, I want my fortune! Fine.

At this point, I was deathly afraid of accidentally triggering disk 7, so I tried to avoid any place that might hint at it. Thus I didn't go inta the theater for a while. I tried to click on the bar but no dice. Hmm.

The book's out of the box!

Adrienne is very disappointed in the box.

Well looky here.

Adrienne sees something on that wall that I don't.

I JUST LOVE THESE SECRET PASSAGES. DON'T YOU.

Well, that was useless.

Aha, this passage connects back to the main one! Hmm.

Hey, it's the absinthe bottle!

I guess that explains where it went. Adrienne makes no comment on it. Wait, isn't that more absinthe than there was before?

Now that Don isn't chasing me, I can grab the snowman without worrying so much.

GOD FRIGGING HIDDEN ARROWS AND THE ROOMS ANS JDIAJDJAOFJ

Anyway, there's a matching secret passage over here!

boop.

MORE CHEERY SECRET PASSAGES

Abrupt music change here, and Adrienne looked around for a good long time at things. Too long if you ask me. She looks too long in general.

Hey, we're in the crypt in the back yard! That glowing thing obviously wants me to pick it up.

So who's buried where.

Teehee. Zoltan.

Alright enough screwing around.

So hey, it's a Rosary! Awesome, there's my holy item!

All the other wives are supposedly buried in here. Since I think what's her face...not Sophie...Regina? I think Regina was the one who got drowned in the pool after the funneldeath, I dunno if she's in here or not. I didn't check cause I got bored. SHUT UP.

for some reason I expected Cyrus to show up here like...trimming the weeds and just be like "Hi lady. How'd you get in dere? :B" but he didn't. Aww.

Aha, so that's where this shot comes from! Whenever you put in a Phantasmagoria CD, it autoruns a little window with this shot in it while it checks (for entirely too long) if Phantasmagoria is installed. Since I have the DOS version installed (which I recommend you install as well if you're running this through DOSbox) it's always like "PHANTASMAGORIA IS NOT INSTALLED PLZ INSTALL" andit's like YEAH WHATEVER SHUT UP. But this is the shot they used for it. Weird cause I can see people missing this crypt entirely. Not cause I did or anything. cough.

Okay, so now I have the snowman and a holy item. That means that I can grab the book without having to take off through the house. Feeling about 50x more prepared, I started up the disk 7 sequence again.

Went off without a hitch, and we're back to the demon chase scene again!

Alright, now I've got my dumb book so let's get this started. you might notice that little extra cursor there. Occasionally it would leave those around the screen, but you could get rid of him by just sweeping em with your existing cursor. I was just lazy and didn't do it with that mark, so get used to it.

Entering this weird circle thing. Totally having Eternal Darkness flashbacks for some reason. I think it's the glowing green. Xel'lotath!

Alright, I have the book.

Adrienne: Oh no, this is in Latin! ::makes general irritated noises::

Demon: HI TOTALLY BUSTING DOWN THE DOOR BY THE WAY

I dunno where that black band came from.

Adrienne: TALISMAN WHAT I DON'T HAVE A TALISMAN

But hey, I bet that corpse does! I think that's supposed to be Carno. Extrapolating from that, I think Carno was trying to seal the demon away and died? Was this after he got all burned? Darn it. I WANT ANSWERS.

Demon: DON'T MIND ME

Adrienne stares at the body without any kind of urgency. KIND OF NEED YOU TO FIND SOMETHING IN A HURRY ADRIENNE I COULD DO WITH LESS WISTFUL STARING

Aha, the corpse had a thing on it! The stone of Hammurabi or whatever I'm assuming.

Adrienne: agh latin uuuuh...::translates very slowly::

I wasn't paying attention until it was too late to see what kind of pronunciation she was using for it. I think it was classical. I dunno tho.

Adrienne: I NEED BLOOD

Well hey, that's what this glass shard is for!

Adrienne: I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN DO THIS

ADRIENNE. You've gone through HOW MUCH CRAZY STUFF and yet YOU CAN'T CUT OPEN YOUR OWN FRIGGING FINGER. GET OVER IT AND DO IT.

Adrienne squeezes her finger but nothing happens. I NEED SOME BLOOD ADRIENNE.

Adrienne expresses similar concern over the cut not bleeding enough.

There we go.

Talisman: Mmm blood.

It absorbed it with I think some sparkles.

Adrienne: Okay uh...holy item.

Adrienne: Um...

Demon: HI GOT THROUGH THE DOOR BY THE WAY

Adrienne: WHERE AM I GOING TO GET A HOLY ITEM

Thankfully, I am prepared.

Adrienne: Read this incantation...uh, okay.

Bunch of random special effects started kicking in around this point.

Book: DELICIOUS TALISMAN

Talisman: noooo

They did a lot of shots of Adrienne's eyes at this point for some reason.

Adrienne: ...wgha'nagl...cthulhu...fh'tagn...

She then drops the rosary for some reason and apparently the book's unholy hunger is not yet satisfied.

THE BOOK IS SUMMONING HOLY EVERYONE GET OUT

Woosh woosh

The demon goosed her.

Adrienne: WTF DID YOU JUST TOUCH MY BUTT

Demon: so whatcha reading

I am not interested in your eyes.

Is the demon bleeding?

Demon: AW #$^#.

Adrienne: uh...yay?

THE DAY IS SAVED.

And Adrienne, having learned her lesson about opening strange boxes, finally leaves the house for good. TOOK YOU LONG ENOUGH.

Pan over the crazy house. Did she burn the book? Did she put it somewhere where hopefully another stupid twit won't open it in a hundred years? Is the demonic threat permanently gone? What happened with that?

THE HOUSE PROVIDES NO ANSWERS.

Well, there you have it.

Fun trivia: Mark Seibert also composed the music for Quest for Glory, one of my favorite game series ever. Which reminds me, the music in Chapter 7 reminded me a lot of Xeen's music.

OH YEAH by the way the music playing during the credits is THE MOST 80S SONG I HAVE EVER HEARD. IT IS UNBELIEVABLY 80s. and considering this was made in 1995 there is NO EXCUSE FOR IT. It's so cheesy I swear to god. I recorded it just so you can hear it. Take a stand indeed, snerk.

Heh.

Just in case you were curious. Josh Mandel sounds familiar. I think he mighta been in some other Sierra games.

Snerk. Costume designer. Someone told me that apparently Adrienne had to wear that same outfit through all the weeks of shooting. It was like falling apart by the end of it.

Ah. Ten years ago.

Ending sequence part one...

And two!

So at any rate, having finished the game, I became curious about the chase scene. I'm sure there's other things you can do during the chase scene that I simply did not hit for one reason or another. So I loaded it up again, started another new game, and decided to see what I could do. Amusingly enough, after I beat the game the sense of urgency involved with the chase scene was completely gone, so I was quite willing to just screw around and let Don catch me whenever.

Turns out you can't double back too many times either or Don'll grab you. I decide here to try and cut across the main room.

Adrienne: durrrr

Woah nice screencap self. Looks like you can't cut across the main hallway during the chase scene, which rules out the kitchen and other areas.

Here's an attempt to fend off Don with the glass shard.

Don: OMG WHAT

Don pokes the glass at Adrienne's throat several times while giggling hysterically. These scenes are hilarious simply because of how silly Don is in all of them.

Don: WELL TIME TO KILL YOU AGAIN

So screwing around during the chase scene again. The nursery is totally a dead end room but hey why not.

Dang. I thought maybe I could attack him with something but nope. I thought also that I could check out the crib but nope as well. Hmm. Lame.

Back in the Throne of Terror again.

If you try and trigger the scene without first giving Don the snowman, Adrienne technically kills herself.

Adrienne: NO WAIT BAD IDEA AAAAA

This time it booted me back to the nursery. I tried to go out in the hallway, and Don kinda choked Adrienne down, then threw her in the Throne of Terror. Hmm!

So anyway, I die again, booted back to the main hallway which gives me opportunity to dart back into the secret passages through the observatory. In the process of poking around in there, I find Mike! I was totally unprepared for him thus this terrible screenshot. He tumbled out of the wall at me. Dang, Don was just stashing bodies left and right. Okay sure.

Tearing along further, let's cut across the chapel!

Running down towards the crypt.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAAAAA

Adrienne doesn't say anything, tho I totally expected her to go "Blood?" in that horror movie way.

GUESS WHAT'S UP THERE.

Hahaha if it landed in her eye I woulda laughed so hard.

Aww, poor dead Cyrus. I liked him. I wonder how on earth Don killed him? Cyrus is like an ox. I guess he musta snuck up on him or something.

Cyrus: ::plop::

Adrienne: AGAHFJAIAJ

Adrienne: OMG OMG OMG

Adrienne takes off.

Don shows up giggling fit to burst. I swear he just announces his presence. I think I read somewhere that you could hide in the coffins in here, but I tried to do it and Adrienne wouldn't go for it. Lame.

Nice observational skills, Don.

Adrienne: Hold on I got something in my teeth.

Adrienne really does run through these passages pretty quick.

Back into the theater! Just checking to make sure I didn't miss anything. Don did his whole Harriet impersonation. This time I ran towards the theater doors.

Don: HEEHEEHEE WHAT'S WRONG DON'T LIKE MY WIG HEEHEEHEHEEHEE

Don: Aaaaaave mariaaaaaa

Don works fast if he managed to dismantle the doors that quickly after I had just been poking around here before the chase scene. LOGIC PFF.

HAHAHAHAHAHAAA I don't know why but this cracks me up. Don just stands there and stares. Also his hair is back up what.

Yoink! Aaaand back to the chair.

Having played around enough with the chase scene for now, I decide to go back and check out some of the house pre-chase scene. The front door refuses to open.

House: YOU HAD YOUR CHANCE.

Adrienne runs into the dining room. Interesting angle.

House: NOPE lol

Adrienne gets out her trusty hammer.

The windows don't break! Her hammer bounces off.

Bong bong

Adrienne stands and screams in the center of the room. Okay.

That was all I screencapped, tho I know there's still stuff to be found in chapter 7, particularly I'm sure in the chase scene.

Youtubery from this chapter!

Chase Scene Take One
Take Two
Take Three
Take Four
Don mocks Adrienne
Ending Sequence Part one
Ending Sequence Part two

Also midis!

Chapter 6
Theater
Chase Scene

The audio in the back is really done with midis most of the time, so this isn't too far off from how it is in the game.

And finally an mp3 of the ending song Take a Stand which is so 80s it hurts.

What's my final ruling? Fun. Cheesy. I still thought it was creepy, but that might have just been my own weird memories for it coming up. Worth the download. Definitely worth the final sense of closure I have about it. HA PHANTASMAGORIA I BEAT YOU. I FINALLY BEAT YOU. HAUNT ME NO LONGER.

I might go back and screw around with the chase scene again later, it depends.

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